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Jeanette Wormald

Jeanette Wormald is one of a new breed of singer/songwriters who can
reflect what it's like to be Australian without having to draw upon the
stereotypes which have characterised so much of this music in the past.

Born in 1965, and raised in the small rural community of Mount Compass near South Australia's capital of Adelaide, her music reflects all the elements of living on the land. The hot sun, the wide blue sky, the hard bush life and our often-unacknowledged Aboriginal heritage.

In her teens Jeanette moved to Adelaide and later pursued a career in
journalism for some years, travelling widely. However, music and a rural
life eventually prevailed when she married a farmer and moved to a farm in low rainfall country known as the Northern Mallee several hundred kilometres from Adelaide. The Mallee is a drought-resistant eucalyptus tree and could also be a symbol of the characters of Australian men and women who farm much of the semi-arid farmlands of South Australia. Indeed, the Mallee environment became the catalyst for the writing of a number of Jeanette's well-known songs.

In recent years Jeanette's career has blossomed, thanks to regular touring and the production of a number of highly acclaimed recordings which have shown the Australian music industry that hers is a unique talent : an ability to write great songs but also a special affinity with audiences of all ages when she presents her show-stopping concerts with just a guitar, a swag of stories, and bell-clear songs that enthrall everyone who listens.

Although Jeanette now enjoys national and state recognition of her talent, and widespread national and international airplay,her career has only just begun.

She plans a number of future tours and is currently writing the songs which will feature on her next recording. Watch for her!


Messenger Bird 

The single has reached number 21 in the charts – and has been charting for seven weeks.

The “good news” marks the first ever national chart success for the South Australian singer songwriter.

Jeanette’s single debuted at number 29 on the chart for the week commencing December 21, which is compiled from radio airplay of tracks released in Australia by the Country Music Services Group.

The singer songwriter, who lives and works from a broad acre cereal farm in the Northern Mallee region, said she had been overwhelmed by radio and public response to the song.

The song has been receiving particularly strong airplay in the eastern states with key stations in Queensland, NSW and Victorian playing the single daily.

To celebrate the single’s success, Jeanette will be touring in Victoria in March with concerts in Geelong and Melbourne on March 15th and 16th.

She will also be holding a special celebration concert at the Folk Centre Cnr South Road & George Street Thebarton SA on Sunday April 13th at 2.00pm.

Messenger Bird was inspired by the Willy Wagtail and features the Ngarrindjeri language from the Coorong region of SA.

“Messenger Bird is the literal translation of the word Witharooki (pronounced richarooky) which is the Ngarrindjeri name for the Willy Wagtail,” Jeanette said.

“The Willy Wagtail or messenger bird is there to remind us to look for the good news.”

“His bright song and cheeky manner is a wonderful celebration of the sunshine and the promise of a new day.”

Jeanette said she believed the song was well received because of its positive message and bright melody, particularly in the light of international events and the drought and bush fires in Australia.

“Bad news can be so overwhelming that we need to remember to appreciate the little things, count our blessings and help out where we can,” she said.

The single is from Jeanette’s album Messenger Bird, released nationally in September. It features 12 original songs, inspired by Australia’s colonial and indigenous heritage and Jeanette’s love for the environment.

The album, released independently through Lindene Music, has received widespread acclaim from national reviews, with Jeanette described by industry writers as an “evocative writer with real stories to tell” and “the mature voice of the Outback.”

Messenger Bird is also receiving airplay in Europe.

The album is being distributed to record stores nationally and is also available from ABC stores in Adelaide, and through Jeanette’s web page at www.jeanettewormald.com

For upcoming concert bookings, interviews, promo material or to book Jeanette for your function, music festival, concert etc please contact;

Ph: William Snell, Mulga Marketing   08 8364 2555      mobile: 0418 840 230

Ph: Jeanette Wormald, Lindene Music  08 8587 4153   mobile: 0428 874 153

For Media and Venue promotional support image downloads and latest releases etc.


Jeanette Wormald – What the Critics Say

John Schumann, (Redgum) Top Australian recording artist and songwriter

"..her music deserves to be taken seriously...Her songs are born of red earth, Mallee scrub, evening mist, driving dust and the kind of skies you see nowhere else in the world.

"Just that would be enough to put her songs in the serious category but there’s more. Jeanette writes intelligently and sings passionately from a woman’s perspective."

Ted Egan, AM, Australian bush balladeer and Outback icon

"Jeanette Wormald is a great talent, she writes songs on different levels and with a passion, compassion and intellect that put her very clearly in the A grade."

Rob Woodard, Critic for Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Association in his 1999 critique on the album Acres of Blue.

"Acres of Blue is an insightful, clear-eyed look at the landscape and character of Australia and the connections and spirituality we develop.

"There is an acute feeling for physical environment, history and people and an understanding of the changes that occur in lives as well as the influences, motives, beliefs and forces which act on people. There is concern in these times of globalisation of culture.

"Writer/performers like Jeanette Wormald whose work proudly portrays, reveals and reflects on Australia and Australians are crucial to any understanding of "Australianness" and what makes this nation and its people unique. Acres of Blue will inspire you then help you to celebrate and reflect on that uniqueness."



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